A KC-30A Mulit-Role Tanker Transport is pushed back as a F/A-18F Super Hornet taxis to the runway on Christmas Day at the main air operating base in the Middle East Region. *** Local Caption *** The Air Task Group began Christmas day in the fog with a bacon and egg breakfast at the main air operating base in the Middle East Region. For our aircraft and aircrew deployed, operations continue with aircraft providing support to the Iraqi ground forces.
The Air Task Group (ATG) is deployed on Operation OKRA. The ATG is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led Global Coalition assembled to degrade and defeat Daesh. The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the Kingpin US tactical command and control unit.
On the 21 Dec 17, the Minister of Defence announced that the Strike element would return to Australia in late January.